The outdoor part of the current Paraclete XP meet package was launched as the Shamrock Showdown in 2002. Many teams from overseas have visited DeLand in the spring for training camps before the skydiving season would begin in Europe and other parts of the western hemisphere, and the idea of a bigger training competition was well received by the visiting teams.
It was also the time shortly after DeLand Majik was formed, and Arizona Airspeed came back from Spain as the new 4way world champions of 2001. DeLand Majik was challenging Airspeed Vertical and invited the reigning 4way world champions to defend themselves. Airspeed Vertical agreed and traveled to DeLand. The Sun Path Products NSL News repoetd in March 2002.
These teams include the current world champion and US national team, Arizona Airspeed Vertical, the British national team, Sebastian XL, the Italian national team, Sinapsi and team pieces of the Dutch and Norwegian national teams. The participation of the international competitors will make the atmosphere in DeLand very special.
However, the most exciting part of the meet will most likely be the top teams challenging Airspeed Vertical. The world champions from Eloy have been undefeated ever since their first competition with the current lineup (Craig Girard, John Eagle, Mark Kirkby, Neal Houston, Marc Steinbaugh on video). This first Airspeed Vertical meet was the Valentine's Meet in February 2000.
Vertical continued this streak at the first major meet in 2002 when they beat France and the Golden Knights at the Valentine's Meet/SSL 2 in February in Eloy. The challenge in DeLand in March will be tougher. Vertical will have to leave their home turf for the meet and the field of the best teams chasing the world champions will be bigger.
The Golden Knights will do their best to shorten the distance and catch up after Eloy in February. Sebastian XL will face Vertical for the first time with their 2002 lineup. There are rumors that even Genesis/PD Blue is planning to go up against the other top teams. And then there is a new factor in the Vertical game plan: DeLand Majik.
Rd. 10 Total AAA Class - Teams AZ Airspeed Vertical Perris Maubeuge Golden Knights Gold AZ Airspeed Zulu Golden Knights Black Endeavor AZ Inertia AZ Delirium
At this point in time, Majik is in full swing with all original team members. And they will have completed another 10-day training stretch right before the FSL meet in March. Could Majik be the first team to take away the first place from Airspeed Vertical? The "FSL Shamrock Showdown" will show.
When the FSL and Skydive DeLand management realized how much this event began growing, new plans were made, including a new name for the competition: the "FSL Shamrock Showdown". Omniskore with Tim "T2" Wagner was successfully requested. Three judges, T2, Craig Buxton and Richard Schachner will be busy all day long.
More rounds on the second day of the meet will complete the whole dive pool and will also be used for an additional "Skins Game", where special prizes will be given to the winners of each round before and after handicap.
Just in time to accommodate the teams and competitors in DeLand, the Florida Skydiving League renewed their cooperation with the DeLand Holiday Inn Convention Center. For the meets in DeLand and for training camps of NSL participants in DeLand, the Holiday Inn offers first-class rooms for only $45 per night. To get the special rate, be sure to tell the reservationist that you are with the National Skydiving League. Reservations for the meet in March should be made as soon as possible. It will surely be a busy and exciting FSL weekend in DeLand.
Shamrock Showdown Total AAAClassTeams DeLand Majik Airspeed Vertical Sebastian XL Italy Sinapsi Punky Fish Sweden Phenix Blue Eye Majik SpaceCenterTeiwaz Jet Stream SuperFly TBD
Then they traveled to DeLand to compete at the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2002 and posted a 22.3 meet average - their highest 10-round meet average in team history and in the history of 4way competition. And it still was not good enough today.
DeLand Majik did what nobody has done before and few people thought could happen at all. They defeated the reigning world champions by three points with a 22.6 average.
Vertical's veteran and multiple world champion in 4way and 8way, Craig Girard, found the right words for the events of this weekend: "We came here and performed as good as never before in our team history. There is no reason to be disappointed if this is not good enough to win. Somebody must have been incredibly good to beat us."
The NSL News will follow up with more meet information and pictures very soon. However, the NSL-TV already shows the jump that set the foundation for Majik's victory. In round three, Majik came up with a performance from a different planet and took the lead by three points. Enjoy this incredible performance for now. More coverage of the FSL Shamrock Showdown will follow soon on NSL-TV.